SLT Soroptimist award 14 grants |

SLT Soroptimist award 14 grants

Jack Barnwell
The Soroptimist of South Lake Tahoe awarded 14 grants totaling $25,000 for community service projects that benefited the South Shore area on April 15 at Harrah's Casino.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

A fundraising effort by the Soroptimist of South Lake Tahoe manifested on April 15 as the organization awarded $25,000 in grants to 14 different projects during a ceremony at Harrah’s.

Chandler Monroe, who helped coordinate the community service grants for the 2014-2015 cycle, remarked at the beginning that the Soroptimist received 24 applications asking for a total of $100,000 in grants.

Recipients had projects aimed at improving the community on the South Shore and around the Tahoe Basin.

The Sugar Pine Foundation will use its grant to purchase seedlings for trees, said Martin Rubio, the organization’s outreach guru.

Tahoe Discovery Center has plans to use its grant for its feasibility study of a future science and education center, said Bonnie Turnbull. If the feasibility study supports the success, Tahoe Discovery Center will move forward with the next steps, which will ultimately support the Tahoe way of environment. Turnbull added it would also encourage young girls to fully pursue education and careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics fields.

The Family Resource Center will purchase a commercial refrigerator to preserve food for families in need, said Executive Director De Anne Hooper.

A second grant went to the Family Resource Center for its Bijou Community Garden project. While the city of South Lake Tahoe still needs to approve the environmental document, the garden will help teach people how to grow organic food.

Court Appointed Special Advocates will use its grant for advocate training specific to child trafficking around the Tahoe area, said Alexis Foley, case manager for South Lake Tahoe CASA’s office.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County for transportation costs to bring food to the Tahoe area,

Amani Project Englighten will use its community grant to build a classroom at a school in Uganda, said Asad Rahman. He said the school already serves 350 children, including 200 girls.

The Boys and Girls Club will use its grant money for supplemental food for its education programs. Jude Wood, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe said 78 percent of its participants are on the Free and Supplemental Lunch programs, and providing supplemental food will ensure an active, healthy child.

Tahoe Art Projects will use its grant for school art projects, said executive director Peggy Blowney. In the same vein, Bringing Arts to Schools will use its grant to purchase display and storage equipment for art tools for the schools it works with.

Valhalla Tahoe will use its grant for its concert on the lawn program side.

The Douglas County Backpack Buddies Consortium plans to provide additional backpacks to students at Zephyr Cove Elementary and Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove.

Bijou School Parent Teacher Association plans to expand its library selection of Spanish books, according to Bijou librarian Melissa James and principal Cindy Martinez. The school practices a bilateral linguistic program that teaches in both Spanish and English. The goal is to have its students become fluent in both languages by the time they graduate high school.

Choices for Children plans to continue its Healthy Bottom Line program by providing free diapers and wipes to mothers, especially since food stamps don’t cover the purchase of those materials.

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